Any designer can fly into a city for a personal appearance. It takes real flair to host a party from 3,000 miles away.
That's what SA's Isaac Mizrahi did a few nights ago when he appeared via satellite at a party in his honor at Tiffany's in Beverly Hills. It was the kickoff of his big fashion blowout scheduled for May 5 at Mann's Chinese Theater for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Originally, Mizrahi was supposed to be there in the flesh, but when his schedule filled up, he decided to beam himself in. The gimmick was almost better than a personal appearance, with a chain-smoking Mizrahi bantering back and forth via television with the Angelenos, who, as everyone knows, love television and hate cigarettes.
He promised that his show -- coming a year after Calvin Klein's grand gala at the Hollywood Bowl -- will "blow the roof off California." When Mizrahi said in reply to one question that there would be no men in the show, several women moaned with disappointment. He quickly changed his tune: "There's a huge finale of 50 naked men; then it's going to snow on them."
Back in New York, Julian Schnabel had an easier time getting to his opening at the Pace-Wildenstein Gallery, where the moans weren't about the lack of men.
"Where are all the models?" asked Paul Morrissey. "There are usually a lot of models." Twenty minutes later, Ross Bleckner came in and said the same thing. But now that model Anh Duong -- whom Schnabel used to date -- and her friends are out of the picture, all eyes at the opening were on Schnabel's latest -- bright, messy canvases with the words "Boni Lux" ("beautiful light" in Latin) emblazoned across them.
"'It doesn't mean anything," said Schnabel's wife, Olatz Lopez Garmendia. "I just woke up one day and it was in my head."
"These have a nice color sense," said Bleckner of the work. "He didn't use those depressing colors he usually does, like brown. You might not be able to tell, but his control of the paint is really masterful. "Bleckner even admitted to a little jealousy.
"I'm more of a struggle artist. And I'm frantic. I have a show in a month and I only have one painting that I like."
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.